It doesn’t take too many trips across the pond before you begin to realize things you should do. Some things you should do any where you go, especially if you are unfamiliar with the area.
Here are 5 tips for traveling to Europe that I think come in handy:
1. Change your money at the airport.
You can change it in the city you’re in, but it is going to cost you a lot more to do so. I also tried changing it at a local bank, but that didn’t work out too well because they couldn’t do it. ATMs charge so much to take money out plus the exchange rate that you will wish you didn’t do it when you get back home. I got a great rate at the airport.
2. Pack snacks.
What seems to be the middle of the night in Europe is usually early for you. Especially if you came from America. Chances are places to eat will be closed and you will be hungry. I was so happy to pull out my snacks to have something to eat and didn’t have to worry about wandering around looking for food.
3. Get a hotel with WIFI.
WIFI is so important. You may wait to look up some last-minute things. You may also want to talk to friends and family back home. There are so many great apps like VIBER that allows you to talk to them as if you were on the phone. I personally love the hotels with FREE WI-FI and tend to look for that when booking a hotel. Furthermore, try not to use any public Wi-Fi connections outside of your hotel complex as there are no guarantees that these networks are safe. If you do connect to a public Wi-Fi network, your devices can become vulnerable to cyber security threats so it is best to only use a connection that you know you can trust.
4. Learn the language.
No, you don’t have to be fluent, but it does help to know some keep things like Greetings, Please and Thank you and even directions. Even if you say it wrong people appreciate that you tried. It really does come in handy and its fun to learn a new language.
5. Do Your Homework.
Like any place that you travel to know what is around you. Places to eat and shop. Know potential ways to get around. Make sure that you have comfy shoes because you most likely will be doing a ton of walking. My Nike Fuel Band informed me I hit the highest week ever from walking around Rome. Grab a map of the public transportation and make sure you carry all your important documents and IDs on you where it would not be easy to steal.